Derek Chauvin, a former police officer who was convicted of killing George Floyd by a jury, is appealing that decision.

At a hearing on January 18, Derek Chauvin, the former policeman who killed George Floyd, will contest his conviction.

In court documents that AllHipHop received, Derek Chauvin outlined a number of the reasons he thought his trial was unfair. His attorneys argued that the jury had been “poisoned” by the “pretrial publicity mixed with threats of violence.”

Attorneys contended that difficulties with prejudice against Derek Chauvin were not mitigated by the size of the jury pool. They complained about the media’s coverage and claimed there wasn’t an appropriate “cooling down” period.

Lawyers stated: “The massive media coverage had exposed the jurors to news denigrating Chauvin and admiring Floyd was more than sufficient to presume prejudice in the Hennepin County community.” “This was not unbiased factual reporting. This media coverage brought to light the particular stresses brought on by the events’ close proximity, the ensuing protests, and the resulting property damage in Hennepin County.

Derek Chauvin was found guilty by a jury of second-degree accidental homicide, third-degree homicide, and second-degree manslaughter. His attorneys contended that by convicting him on all three counts, the jury had demonstrated their bias.

The defense team for Derek Chauvin objected to the third-degree murder allegation against him. They argued that his conviction should be reversed because “under Minnesota law, police officers cannot be convicted of criminal murder.”

According to his attorneys, Minnesota law requires that a police officer employ “deadly force”—force that one knows will result in death or “severe bodily harm”—in order to be found guilty of murder. “There is no “substantial risk of causing, death or grave bodily damage” when you place your knees on a suspect’s back. Because “[t]he jury would not have delivered a guilty conviction on third-degree murder and decided that Chauvin’s comparable act did not create a unique threat to human life,” according to the State, this is not harmful.

The defense team for Derek Chauvin claimed that by denying a motion to move the trial’s location, the district court had abused its authority. They believed that their client had been improperly denied a hearing to look into jury misbehavior.

The prosecution was also accused of misconduct by the lawyers. The trial, they claimed, was “structurally flawed.”

In his request for a new trial or an overturn of his conviction, Derek Chauvin urged the court of appeals. He wanted, at the very least, a lighter punishment. For killing George Floyd, the ex-cop received a sentence of more than 20 years in prison.


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